Coming Soon: Walls by GalleryDirect

Tweet If you haven’t noticed on Pinterest yet, wall murals are the latest trendy way to decorate a space. So stop repinning those ideas and make them a reality! Oh you didn’t know that we offer wall mural art at … Read More

If you haven't noticed on Pinterest yet, wall murals are the latest trendy way to decorate a space. So stop repinning those ideas and make them a reality! Oh you didn't know that we offer wall mural art at an affordable price?...Yup, we sure do. Have a baby on the way and a nursery to decorate, consider a wall mural. Have a large playroom you want to make more colorful for your kids, consider a wall mural. Have a master bedroom that needs an inviting and peaceful image, consider a wall mural. Have a boring office that needs to be livened up, consider a wall mural. We've brightened our work areas up here at Gallery Direct. We like to have a fun atmosphere to work at here... Select from thousands of our fine art images, photos from our photo vault, or use your own image on our website Gallery Direct. It's easy to do! So stop repinning dream room ideas on your Pinterest - and make one yourself!

Screencast: Color Correcting

Tweet My main job duties have me focusing on color correcting all of our digital image files from scans of original artwork. I thought I’d give you a short screencast showing you what is involved when color correcting in the … Read More

My main job duties have me focusing on color correcting all of our digital image files from scans of original artwork. I thought I'd give you a short screencast showing you what is involved when color correcting in the Imaging Department. Using Adobe Photoshop I am able to "fix" overall or select areas of the image that the scan did not capture perfectly. It's important to us here at Gallery Direct that we offer our art-loving customers limited edition prints that pretty much look exactly like the original artwork. In the above photo you will see the original series of artwork (larger paintings) with my paper printed proofs next to them.

In this screencast you will see we work in adjustment layers. When I first start on an image I will make some basic overall adjustments by sharpening, bringing in the black & white levels, adjusting overall color casts in selective colors, adjusting the hue and saturation and finally adjusting the brightness and contrast. Since our monitors are specially color calibrated, what I see on my screen should be exactly what prints out. So I want the colors on my screen to match the colors from the original artwork up on the wall in front of me. Right away I saw that there were some specific areas on the image which needed some tweaking. The green/yellowish background behind the flowers needed to be adjusted. Also several of the stripes needed to be color tweaked or toned down.

Once I made those layer changes, I print out some paper proofs to see how they look in comparison to the originals.

Do anymore areas need a little more tweaking? Take a look closer...

It's not perfect yet, back to working on the adjustment layers until it's just right!

Here’s the last installment of our 3 part series. You can take a look back at Part 1 and Part 2 to find out more about Vintage and your own photo uploads. We’re ending with Gallery Direct’s Exclusive Artists. I think it’s the most exciting part and it’s the reason why we are... who we are. We Love Art. Every single piece of Art first comes through our Imaging Department. Not one thing goes untouched and it goes through quite the process before it actually becomes available for you to purchase. Here’s the rundown on how it all works: The Artist
  • All of our Artist’s are unique. They are all signed to work exclusively with Gallery Direct. So, your art isn’t being sold anywhere else. You can ONLY get it here. There is a wide variety for you to choose from and it is a far cry from ‘boring’. Every art is exciting and new and you can sometimes be the FIRST person to ever buy an Artist’s piece. That’s pretty darn exciting if you ask me.
The Scan
  • We take the Artist’s painting and scan it using a high technology scanner called the Cruse Scanner. This scanner is among the best. It is the ultimate instrument for digital capture and is also used by the Vatican’s Secret Archives, Vatican City and the Czechoslovakian National Library, Prague.
The Color
  • Once it is scanned… we are ready to make it polish and shine. The scan is good when first looking at it. But, we want to make sure it’s perfect. We adjust the color to make sure it looks as close to the original as possible. Adjusting anything we see that can make it better. The texture that the Scanner creates makes it feel... and look... like the real thing.
artwork by Darvin Jones and a new artist, Stella Alesi

We love it back here… It’s like Christmas every day with all the new art.

Here’s a video on how the entire Imaging Department works:

Brittney Melton
Here’s Part 2 of our 3 part series. You can take a look back at how we at Gallery Direct make sure your photo uploads look great. But, as promised, we’re going to take a look at Vintage. Vintage has something for everyone. There are some very unique pieces ranging from French Posters and Asian Art all the way to Van Gogh’s Starry Night. We also have some great Americana art dating back through times in American History. One of my favorites is this French Liquor Poster. Vintage Artwork: Each Vintage Image you order has been retouched to look like new. Look at these Before & After examples...  

 

  Here’s a video to show you what all goes into each Vintage image: Next time, we’ll show you the heart of the company… Gallery Direct’s Exclusive Artwork... Can’t wait! -Brittney
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Austin-located fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the “Johnson Family” episode, which airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10th  (8:00-9:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, continuing its commitment as one of the show’s benefactors through the entirety of Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, October 7th, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announces its third week of participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia had this to say, “After we looked at the sneak peek and saw this week’s deserving family was from our home state of Texas, we were beside ourselves with joy.  Once we got to know a little more about the Johnson’s and their contribution to strengthening marriages and home life, we were honored to play a small role in the extreme renovation of their home.” To match the sound of joy and laughter in the Houston, Texas home of Eric and Elaine Johnson and their five daughters, this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will be filled with tears of joy. Along with help from some top comedians, including Cedric the Entertainer, Tommy Davidson, Ralphie May, Paul Rodriguez and fashion model Brooklyn Decker, the design team guarantee that the audience will be laughing instead of crying throughout this episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. Eric and Elaine Johnson—along with their five flamboyant and fashion-loving daughters who range in age from 5 to 14 years—were just having a fun time at a local Houston comedy club. Then design team leader Ty Pennington came out, inviting the unsuspecting family to join him onstage, and told them that they would be the latest recipients of a home makeover. Later on, the excitement continued to build as the red carpet was rolled out and all of the volunteers, builders and celebrity volunteers came to the Johnson family home for a comedy roast. The Johnsons had planned to transform their run-down house, but the one-two punch of 2008's Hurricane Ike and the economic downturn put that dream on hold. Both Eric and Elaine have dedicated their lives to rescuing family life and marriage. As Eric observed the African American community being overpowered by a seeming epidemic of family disintegration, he became passionate about African American fathers stepping up to play a larger role in their children's lives. The Johnsons began a marriage and family counseling non-profit called Optimum Lifestyle, with the goal of strengthening marriages in fun, creative ways. Their couples' seminars have possibly saved 1500 marriages and kept countless kids from growing up in single-parent homes. Eric and Elaine continued their mission while living in their dangerously dilapidated house. Now the "EM: HE" design team can help make their home safe and sound—and most importantly—match the delight and happiness that lives within it. Team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Ed Sanders and Paige Hemmis specified an impressive collection of artwork for the Houston episode. Gallery Direct’s ability to create art on any surface came in handy as the designers specified an array of different substrates to beautify the Johnson’s new home.  Gallery Direct’s top man Joseph Garcia only had this to add, “Americans and Texans alike must watch this week’s show!”    About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas-located fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the “New York, New York” episode, which airs SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3rd  (8:00-9:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, continuing its commitment as one of the show’s benefactors through the entirety of Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, September 29, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announces its next week of participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia had this to say, “Last week’s episode “Boys Hope/Girls Hope” was a real tear-jerker.  I was amazed at the level of participation from the Baltimore community and the immense impact that Ty and his design team had on the young women of “Girls Hope.”  It’s a worthy cause and we are thankful to play a small part in the future of this valuable organization.  We know this week’s New York episode should not be missed.”   On Sunday, the Lutz family of East Setauket, New York, thought they had simply been invited to attend an afternoon baseball game between the Yankees and the New York Mets.  In its place, they were surprised to find out they would be the latest recipients of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” via the Jumbotron screen at Yankee Stadium. Instead of design team leader Ty Pennington’s traditional morning wake up call to a deserving family, he stormed the field and announced the good news right before the game. Adding to the excitement of both the spectators and family alike, was the appearance of several New York Yankees baseball players who were there to give encouragement and support. Also, hundreds of volunteer workers, clad in the now- iconic “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” blue shirts, ran out from the dugout to join the Lutz family, Ty and fellow designers on the baseball field. In an episode that will air later this season, the theme of this build will be “New York! New York!” There will be a Broadway-like production with the entire blue shirt crew and design team singing and dancing while the home is being demolished. Also during the week of the build, there will be an extravagant parade on the family’s block complete with huge floats. The Lutzes are another representation of the kind of family “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” aims to help by building a new home in just seven days. Unable to have children of their own, loving couple Grace and John Lutz gave their hearts to 18 adopted kids in all, including seven with Down Syndrome.  After the couple passed away, their daughter, Kathleen, gave up her career and gladly came home to take care of six siblings with Down Syndrome, who currently range in age from 20 to 25 years old. Everyone agreed that putting the kids in a group home or institution was not an option. It was a good plan, until Kathleen suddenly and unexpectedly had a grand mal seizure.  Her brother, John Jr., was next at bat, sacrificing his successful career as a gymnastics coach to move home and care for his sister and siblings. Kathleen’s health is now stabilized and both brother and sister care for their family as a team. Nothing can dampen the spirits of this cheerful group. They love to sing and dance, cook and play games together. But the crumbling condition of their 40-year-old home has become a concern. The electrical is unsafe, water leaks everywhere and there is mold and rotting wood. Everybody in town loves this charming and special family. They are local celebrities and the community rallies to help them in every way. Unfortunately, their home is at a point where band-aids are not enough. The siblings need their home to be a safe permanent one, with everything to accommodate their special needs. The Lutz family will go on vacation to The Hamptons while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Paige Hemmis, Tracy Hutson, local builder Alure Home Improvements and community volunteers rebuild their home. The art collection Ty Pennington and his design team put together for this week’s episode is stunning.  Gallery Direct’s reputation for making custom art quickTM gave the designers just what they needed to stay on schedule.  Gallery Direct’s Joseph Garcia concluded, “Again, we are thrilled to be part of this epic program.  We’ll be on the edge of our seats until the show airs. Go Yankees!” About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its eighth season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American fine art and specialty manufacturer of image-based products shown on the two-part episode, which airs SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network, and signs agreement to be one of the show’s charitable contributors for every subsequent episode through Season 8 AUSTIN, Texas, September 22, 2010— Gallery Direct (http://www.gallerydirect.com/) announced its participation in ABC’s Emmy award winning, philanthropic reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” today.  Gallery Direct CEO Joseph Garcia stated with enthusiasm, “The entire staff of Gallery Direct is simultaneously excited and humbled to be involved with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.’ We consider it a great honor to donate the artwork for season eight.  We are truly thankful to play a small part in improving the circumstances of the many families and communities, which the show assists each year. We are eager to see the star-studded season opener later this month.” “Boys Hope/Girls Hope,” Parts 1 & 2 – Ty Pennington and his design team, including new designers Xzibit and Jillian Harris, traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, to surprise the students of Boys Hope/Girls Hope in a unique way and reveal to them that their lives were about to change. For the first time in the history of the show, the recipients were surprised on live television when the “EM: HE” team greeted the students with the good news. Another first in the show’s 170-plus episode history came unannounced, courtesy of Mother Nature, when an epic rainstorm threatened to knock the 11,000 square foot build off its strict seven-day schedule. Adding to the excitement, drama and fun of the build was the participation of the kids from the Emmy Award-winning comedy “Modern Family” (Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriquez), actress Raven-Symoné, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal and music sensation Katy Perry. Boys Hope/Girls Hope in Baltimore, Maryland, invites students from difficult, at-risk backgrounds to live in a home that provides a safe environment, academic tutoring, mentoring and opportunities to give back to the community. Since 1991, 100% of the participants who completed the program have attended college. For now, there is only a home for the boys, giving them a secure place to live and excel academically and athletically. But the girls’ program, which just accepted its first seven members, does not have a building. The Boys Hope male scholars reached out for help to the “EM: HE” team to provide a place for the girls in their community that would offer them the same educational and emotional support that they enjoy. Their hope is that this new home away from home will change the lives of these young girls, as well as for future generations of promising young women. The seven-day build was challenged by some of the worst weather the show has faced. After installing the insulation, electrical wiring and drywall, it was all destroyed by a massive storm, putting the home in serious jeopardy. The kids from “Modern Family” arrived as reinforcements and provided lots of laughs along the way. Also, celebrity volunteer Shaquille O’Neal added an awesome yet educational touch to the new Girls Hope building. The seven young ladies from Girls Hope went on a star-studded vacation to Hollywood, with a special send off from their hero, Raven-Symoné, who stayed on in Baltimore to help the design team. Once in Hollywood, the girls met Katy Perry, their favorite pop superstar; and got a real taste of glitz and glam watching Katy at work in the recording studio at Hollywood landmark Capitol Records. Katy, along with new “EM: HE” team member Xzibit, designed a special room at Girls Hope inspired by Katy’s music video, “California Girls.” Ty Pennington and his design team put together a vast and beautiful collection of limited edition images from Gallery Direct for use in the new facility. The renowned fine art specialty manufacturer created the selection exactly to the team’s specifications. Gallery Direct’s Joseph Garcia concluded, “We were more than happy to make this small contribution to the beneficiaries of the Boys Hope/Girls Hope. We look forward to contributing more of our images as the season progresses. Giving away our artwork makes us very happy.” About Gallery Direct Gallery Direct, a division of New Era Portfolio, a privately held company, is the global leader in providing fine art solutions. The company publishes, manufactures, and markets limited edition artwork and custom image-based products. Its expertise in managing artists, portfolios and forecasting style trends allows the company to deliver current, vital artwork to corporate and hospitality design arenas, a prestigious collection of retail clients, and directly to the consumer. Its technological command not only delivers fine custom artwork quickly, but also creates web-based solutions for blue chip retailers. Gallery Direct is proud to be creating fine American-made artwork for 10 years. For more information, please visit http://www.gallerydirect.com/. About “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now entering its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced Brady Connell and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is Chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET on ABC.